Year 12 – Biology

Length: Full Year (20 SACE credits)
Contact: Science Leader

Recommended Background

Grade C or higher in Stage 1 Psychology, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Course Description

Stage 2 Biology topics provide the framework for developing integrated programs of learning through which students extend their skills, knowledge, and understanding of the three strands of science.

The three strands of science to be integrated throughout student learning are:

  • Science inquiry skills
  • Science as a human endeavour
  • Science understanding.

In Stage 2 Biology students study the following topics:

Topic 1: DNA and proteins
Topic 2: Cells as the basis of life
Topic 3: Homeostasis
Topic 4: Evolution


Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s Performance Standards, as outlined by the SACE Board. Grades A+ to E- will be used for reporting purposes.

School-based Assessment:

  • Investigations folio (30%): Three investigations; Completion, Design and Science as a Human Endeavour
  • Skills and application (40%): Four assessment tasks including tests and research assignments.

External Assessment:

  • Examination (30%)